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5 places to visit in the interior of Paraná

Lapa

In the region of Campos Gerais, about 70 km from Curitiba, the municipality of Lapa portrays well the history of the tropeiros of Brazil, formerly a kind of “Post Office”. Men riding mules made transport of goods and messages between the 17th and 19th centuries. The colorful buildings of the historic center are well preserved and the museums have popular prices on tickets between $ 2 and $ 3. Take time to get acquainted the theater, the church, the House of Memory and the shrine of St. Benedict, the greatest dedicated to the saint in the whole world. A few miles from the city, stretch the walk to Monge State Park, with beautiful landscapes and a belvedere.

Guartelá Canyon

Between the municipalities Castro and Tibagi, in Paraná, the canyon is in the plateaus of the Campos Gerais, occupying about 30 kilometers of extension and 450 meters of height. The site, excavated by the river Iapó, divides space with the State Park of Guartelá, full of deep valleys, rock inscriptions, waterfalls and rapids. The look of the landscape formed by the sixth largest canyon in the world and simply the largest in Brazil is worth every effort.

Morretes

Passing some of the most beautiful highways in Brazil, the road to Morretes already impresses, with chances to  travel the Graciosa Road by train . The path goes through the Atlantic Forest, peaks and waterfalls, yielding good photographs and even shopping, with stops at lookouts where honey, cachaça and banana bullets are sold. Nature remains attractive within the city as well as historic buildings and museums.

Antonina

If you like historic and ancient cities, you can not miss Antonina. Surrounded by the silhouette of the Serra do Mar and facing a homonymous bay, the municipality has its charm backed not only by the natural landscape but also by the colonial houses that stood between the stone streets of the central region. On the border with Campina Grande, another attraction: the Paraná Peak, the largest in the state, at 1,962 meters above sea level.

old village

At 126 km from Curitiba, in the city of Ponta Grossa, rock formations intrigue humans for more than 60 years. The little more than 3 thousand hectares of the State Park of Vila Velha shelter sandstones of varied forms, caves, bays of more than 50 meters of height and the Lagoa Dourada, with waters that return to the color according to the incidence of light. It is worthwhile to reserve enough time to visit the canyon of the São Jorge River  (visited by the team of the How Much to Travel) and the Buraco do Padre, a cinematographic visual cave, formed by large greenish walls and a waterfall of 30 feet tall. It is about 24 km from Ponta Grossa.

Foz do Iguaçu

Between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, the country’s most famous waterfalls are in Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, and form an impressive set of waterfalls, approximately 275 meters high. Tourists can also take a tour to taste the delicious Argentine beef in Puerto Iguazu, shop in the freeshop (or in Paraguay) and see the beautiful  Buddhist temple  there.

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